Women’s History Month had its beginnings as a week-long celebration in a Sonoma, California school district in 1978. By 1980, communities all over the country were celebrating the accomplishments of women. That year, President Jimmy Carter designated March 2-8 as National Women’s History Week and in 1987, Congress officially proclaimed March as Women’s History Month.
The 2011 theme, selected by the National Women’s History Project is “Our History is Our Strength.”
Throughout the month, african.americana will highlight the contributions of African American women to American history.